There is no mistaking that St. Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine as he was martyred for refusing to renounce Christianity on 14th February 269 A.D., and in 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine. As with most Christian festivals, there is a pagan counterpart to this day for lovers. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno, Queen of the Gods. As the Goddess of Marriage, Juno’s celebration included feasts and ‘pairings’ where children were selected at random to become couples who would celebrate the feast of Lupercalia together the following day.
So there you go, a few choice facts for you to boldly share around the office later this week!